Watch: Leader of Canada’s Opposition Refers to Trudeau as a “Wacko PM”

Tuesday’s incident between the leader of Canada’s major opposition party and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who are scheduled to face off in an election next year, resulted in his expulsion from the House of Commons.

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The official opposition, the center-right Conservatives, are leading the polls by a wide margin. The incident began when Pierre Poilievre, the head of the party, criticized Trudeau for what he saw to be his lack of action against drug overdoses.

“In the elected lower house of the Commons, when will we put an end to this wacko policy by this wacko prime minister?” he posed to Trudeau.

Liberal speaker Greg Fergus informed Poilievre that his statement was inappropriate and unparliamentary, and he urged him to take it down four times. Each time, Poilievre rejected it, stating that he would instead use the terms extreme or extremist.

“I order you to withdraw from the House… for the remainder of this day’s sitting,” Fergus stated, shocking Poilievre with his disdain for the speaker’s authority.

After leaving the chamber with his lawmakers, Poilievre continued to criticize Trudeau’s drug policy.

In a social media post, he added, “This is a wacko policy from a wacko PM that’s destroying lives.”

The head of government business in the House, Liberal lawmaker Steven MacKinnon, told reporters the episode had been a shame and a disregard for institutions.

Poilievre and Trudeau don’t get along well; Trudeau views Poilievre as an extreme who backs former US President Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again campaign.

In a Tuesday interview with reporters, Trudeau accused Poilievre of associating with far-right organizations.

That’s not a responsible way to lead. That’s risky for Canadians and for democracy,” he said.

It is not common for the House to eject members. When was the last time a leader of the official opposition was removed from office? The speaker’s office was not immediately available to comment.

By the end of October 2025, the next election has to take place. According to public opinion surveys, the center-left Liberals, who have ruled since November 2015, would lose to the Conservatives with a sizable majority.

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